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Name Doreen M (Writer #1446)
Star Rating 5 Stars based on 836 orders and 485,232 total words
Last Login 10/31/2014
Location Hot Springs, Arkansas
Education Some College

Summary of Experience

Doreen offers expertly sourced articles on a variety of topics but like most writers, has specific niches where she performs best.

Business: If you are looking for business articles focused on self-employment, work at home or business law, Doreen is the right candidate. Doreen M also has found a niche in calling out work-at-home scams.

Legal: Over the last 10 years, Doreen M has written countless pages of legal content. Whether it is blog posts, website content or newsletter content, she manages to capture even the most recent changes in law that may impact readers.

Financial: Doreen M worked for more than 20 years in the financial services industry. During that time she worked on residential mortgages, commercial mortgages and with preparation of business plans. In addition, she spent more than five years working in the offshore accounting division of a large mutual fund company where she had the ability to expand her extensive knowledge of the stock market.

Doreen provides content that is easily digestible. She has a solid understanding of how to break down complicated financial, legal and business terms in order to be more "user friendly" for the average Internet reader.

Specialties

Doreen provides high quality blog posts and website content that require a factual angle without providing a lot of "salesy" information. When you need information to address clients and potential clients that is written in a straightforward manner without a lot of embellishment, Doreen is the writer you want to work with.

Interests

Doreen is passionate about her freelance writing. When not busy trying to meet the needs of her clients she spends time with her 10-pound terror Pomeranian.

Doreen also is a committed volunteer. She has been serving as a volunteer with Lions Clubs International for nearly 20 years, she was on the Board of Directors for National Braille Press and served as a presenter for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) to promote volunteerism to high school students.

Her commitment to literacy and to Lions Clubs International has been further solidified since her diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa which has rendered her legally blind. This however has not stopped her: Doreen continues to work full-time and lives an extremely independent life in spite of her vision challenges.

Education

George Mason University
10/20/2014 – 2/25/2015
Paralegal Certificate,
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Due primarily to her love of legal writing, Doreen has embarked on a self-driven Paralegal Certificate course through George Mason University. The course is entirely offered through online study and requires about 12 hours per week of study and testing.


Dean College
1/1/2000 – 7/1/2000
Finance, Certificate in Accounting
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Doreen pursued her certificate in an effort to pursue a position in the Offshore Accounting Division at Putnam Investments. Once she had secured her certificate she was promoted to a work-at-home position where she maintained the transactions for Japan-based mutual funds. She maintained a 3.9 GPA (out of 4) at Dean College in spite of working full time and having children at home to care for.


Honors and Awards

Leadership Award
7/1/2006
Doreen was serving as District Governor for the Lions of District 33K Lions during the year Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana. The Lions Club's International Convention in 2006 was scheduled to be held in New Orleans that year. The preparation for these conventions typically take approximately five years and involve extensive planning, fundraising and coordination with Lions Clubs International.

Doreen was part of the committee to move the convention from Louisiana to Boston with less than one year remaining to plan. As part of this effort, Doreen was recognized by the International President, Ashok Mehar for her leadership which led to this award.

International President Certificates of Appreciation
7/1/1999
Each year, LCI's President presents a limited number of Presidential Certificates of Appreciation. While each President is free to set their own criteria, LCI describes the selection criteria for the award as: "the awards are generally presented to Lions who have distinguished themselves by particularly noteworthy service". Doreen received this award in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Melvin Jones Fellowship
7/1/1999
Doreen has been a long-time Lions Clubs member. The Melvin Jones Fellowship Award is the highest recognition a Lions Club and a District can bestow upon a member. Doreen received her first Melvin Jones Fellowship in 1999 after winning a bulletin contest conducted by Lions Club International from her local Lions Club.

In 2006, after serving as District Governor for the Lions Clubs of District 33K, Doreen received two additional versions of this award which are known as "Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowships". The description of the award from Lions Clubs International is as follows:

"Lions Clubs worldwide recognize outstanding individuals by bestowing on them an award that is named for its founder, Melvin Jones. This award is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism."

Association Memberships

Lions Clubs International
2/1/2008
Doreen is a tireless volunteer. Once her children were grown and on their own she turned her efforts from Scouts to Lions Clubs International. As a member of the Franklin (Massachusetts) Lions Club and subsequently as a Holliston (Massachusetts) Lions Club member she has worked tirelessly to help those less fortunate than herself.

In addition to spending hours working with fellow Lions to raise money for worthy causes, Doreen has also devoted significant time to serving on the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. (MLERF)

Doreen's efforts with MLERF were recognized when her Lions Club presented her with a MLERF Sight Award and she received a MLERF Presidential Award for her efforts in assisting with several (successful) grant submissions.

Doreen also spent several years serving on the board of District 33K Lions Clubs Eyemobile, Inc., a traveling "eye screening" unit that travels all over the communities located in MA Lions District 33K providing free eye screenings.

Doreen has dedicated hundreds of hours to maintaining websites for her local Lions Clubs, the Eyemobile and the Massachusetts Lions Lazarus Fund, a Lions charitable organization dedicated to informing people about the need for organ donation.

Doreen has also volunteered her time to being a "test subject" for low vision specialists at Schepens Eye Institute in Boston MA where they develop technologies that assist those people who have age-related Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa and other low-vision related issues. She has made it her business to learn all about these causes of blindness as well as many others.

Certificates

First Time Homebuyer's Education Program
FNMA
9/1/1987
Doreen received this designation while working for a real estate financing company. The training was to allow writer to administer education programs to first-time home buyers. This course helped Doreen to educate new home buyers about the potential risks and rewards of homeownership. She has continued to use the information she learned while taking this course to educate new home buyers.

Projects by Industry

Business

Doreen M has written countless articles covering small business issues including seeking financing, writing business plans and about HR issues. As a small business owner she is also very aware of some of the pitfalls associated with hiring contractors, maintaining websites and social media marketing needs for business. Some of the topics she covers include:

How to prepare a business plan
How to prepare a solid social media marketing plan
How to prepare effective contracts for contractors

Career

In addition to writing hundreds of career-based titles, Doreen previously served as a site steward for the now-defunct Helium writer driven content site. During this time, she was tasked with editing thousands of titles submitted by other writers. Part of the tasks included fixing typographical and grammatical errors as well as fact-checking articles that were submitted.

Doreen focuses on broad topics including:

Resume preparation - hints and tips for effective resumes
Job interview preparation - common sense tips for making a good first impression
Online job pursuits - avoiding scams, effective proposals
Human resource issues - knowing what to report and when

Finance

Doreen has been providing content for a variety of websites focused on financial topics from financing homes to commercial real estate. Doreen has an extensive financial background which includes:

Sales Assistant - Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. - created mailing lists, drafted letters to potential clients and handled a variety of telephone calls from clients.

Retirement Accounts Specialist - Putnam Investments Retirement Division - as an account specialist, Doreen was responsible for ensuring all the legal requirements necessary to liquidate IRA accounts were met.

Commercial Loan Specialist - Stanton & Associates - as part of this process Doreen was responsible for drafting business plans, securing information necessary for underwriters and putting packages before various funding agencies for approval.

Residential Loan Specialist - New England Merchants Corporation - Doreen completed the FNMA First Time Home Buyer's Training program to allow her to teach first-time buyers what they needed to know about obtaining a first time loan. In addition, as she progressed, Doreen was promoted to VP of Compliance within the company handling all of the necessary audit functions through the MA Commission on Banking.

Legal

Doreen has written many legal articles. In particular she likes writing about personal injury law, bankruptcy law and white collar crimes.

Over the last several years, she has submitted and had accepted more than 1,000 legal titles on various sites including Writer Access and the now-defunct Internet Brands. Doreen also maintains a blog specifically for Arkansas law where she currently resides.

Doreen has written legal topics including:

Personal injury law - including statutes of limitations, "one-bite rules" and medical malpractice
Business law - from succession planning to preparing business plans
Family law - divorces, child support. restraining orders and contempt of court
Real estate law - community property laws, residential and commercial real estate closings
Trusts and wills - with a particular focus on how these impact retirement accounts

Non Profit

Doreen has been an active and involved volunteer for many years. In addition to writing a number of articles on managing volunteers, fundraising and leadership. Doreen served on the Board of Directors of National Braille Press, District 33K Lions Eyemobile, Inc. and Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund Inc.

Doreen's other volunteer work included serving as District 33K Lions Leadership Chairperson, Vice District and District Governor as well as most Lions Club leadership positions. Doreen has been an avid and active volunteer for more than 25 years.

Doreen has prepared numerous grant proposals over the years and keeps up to date on various grant program restrictions. She has also prepared a number of articles and training materials needed for volunteers.

As a former Leadership Chairperson, Doreen was responsible for training future leaders of Lions Clubs as well as District and Multiple District Lions leaders.

Projects by SEO Skill

Title/Meta Descriptions

Doreen has effectively provided SEO content for a variety of websites that require meta descriptions. These projects are largely paid-to-write jobs. The links below reflect work Doreen has done through an online outsourcing company.

Some of the feedback she has received for her work included:

Job description: "SEO Copywriter needed for dental website

Feedback: "Doreen did an outstanding job of working with a tight deadline and completing the work in a timely and efficient manner. Her knowledge of SEO copywriting is very apparent and her knowledge of the subject matter was very apparent as well! I would gladly work with Doreen on future projects!""

Projects By Asset Type

Article

Doreen has worked for a number of sites that contract for freelance writers. In addition, she has an extensive portfolio of work that includes business titles, jobs and careers titles and legal titles. During the time she has been contributing to online sites, she has maintained a steadily growing base of articles on evergreen topics that continue to appeal to readers.

Blog Post

In addition to maintaining a blog that offers tips for those who work as freelance writers, Doreen has also recently started a blog that warns those who are seeking work at home employment of prevalent scams.

She has also contributed to the law blog of Rizio & Nelson, a California law firm as well as other legal and financial blogs.

Web Page

In addition to providing content and layouts for several Lions Clubs websites, Doreen has also been involved in providing keyword rich content for several small businesses. These pages are designed to inform clients of the services that a company offers.

Job description: Website Content Editor

Feedback: "Doreen has been a terrific provider. She exceeds my expectation both by her professionalism in work and her friendliness.I would recommend her to anyone!-Jimmy Tanzil, Ichthys Media LLC"

Projects By Profession

Book Ghostwriter

Doreen has been very fortunate to have been entrusted to create a number of e-books. One of the most popular was done explaining oDesk to potential new users. However, she also created more than one eBook for clients who were looking for information regarding real estate investing in the United States for a client in Australia.

Doreen's first e-book work is best summarized this way:

Job Description: "Skilled writer to turn my outline into an ebook"

Feedback: "Doreen did a fantastic job on this project. From clarifying expectations at the outset to asking appropriate questions throughout, I felt like she was as dedicated to the success of my project as I am. Add to that her quick turn-around and regular availability to discuss the project, and it's clear that there's a reason why she's so in demand!"

Job description: Research and write ebook on foreclosure investing in America
Feedback: "Doreen is Amazing. She gave us an estimate for the job and she was right on, and it was a big job! I've never come across such a fantastic, well organized and well researched writer. I can't wait to hire Doreen again for our next project! Thank you so much Doreen. Michael"

Additional feedback available upon request.

Copywriter

Doreen took an interest in Crowdsourcing and as part of that interest she pursued writing about a number of subjects including:

How to generate content to crowdsource
What is microwork and how does it work?
10 ways to effectively crowd source content
Top 10 crowdsourcing companies in the US
When to hire a crowdsourcing company
Intrinsic motivations to crowdsource

Editor

Doreen was an avid editor for the former Helium website maintaining quality articles in Entrepreneurship, Business, Jobs & Careers channels. In addition, she has had many clients hire her to edit and modify content for them. Her feedback from these clients speaks for itself:

Job Description: Senior Editor - Copywriter Needed for Editing

Feedback: "She worked on Thanksgiving day. What else do I need to say? Responsive, perfect writing skills. Highly recommended..."

Research Writer

While as a rule of thumb Doreen avoids writing about medical topics and procedures, she was also very aware of the correlation between diabetes and vision impairments. Because she is passionate about anything related to vision, she was instrumental in producing an entire series of website pieces for a diabetes site. While the work is ghost-written, she also was able to secure permission to use the content off-site and has shared it extensively through social media. Doreen is very proud of the finished product which was done after thoroughly researching diabetes.

The work can be seen here: http://diabetichelpguide.com/diabetes-diet.html

Projects by Writing Style

Authoritative

Doreen finds it easiest to offer content that is written in second or third person that requires an authoritative tone. This often translates well for website owners who require work that is clear and concise.

Projects by Company Size

Small Business

Doreen has written countless articles for small businesses. In some cases, these businesses focus on articles that seek target marketing. A clear example of this is a series of titles she once wrote about saving money. The site was not just about saving money, but about saving money for the down payment on a home. Creative and unique topics about various ways individuals and families could save money for a down payment were necessary. The site made most of its revenue from advertising for lenders and credit reporting sites.